Experience Eurostar to the South of France for Summer 2005

7 Dec 2004

Direct Avignon Service opens for booking

  • Bookings open today
  • Special launch fare available of £99 return
  • Direct services operate from 9 July until 10 September 2005

Eurostar's special summer express, its Avignon direct service, will operate from Saturday 9 July and will run through until Saturday 10 September 2005. Bookings can be made before Christmas with sales opening today - so its time to shake off those winter blues and start planning for the perfect summer holiday in Provence.
Eurostar is launching the opening by offering a special return fare of £99 - available on more than 10% of the Avignon seats. Once these are sold the standard class return fare will be from £109 return.
It will be the fourth summer season Eurostar has operated a weekly direct service from London/Ashford through to Avignon. The direct services operate weekly during the summer when there is particularly high demand. However, all year round, travellers are able to use Eurostar Connections - travelling by Eurostar and then interchanging in Lille or Paris onto TGV trains for easy journeys to Avignon.
Similarly other major French destinations have easy high-speed rail access and there is a growing awareness in the UK market on the ease, speed and cost effectiveness of travelling by rail versus flying. Journeys are productive - you can watch the countryside go by, eat, drink, sleep, play games, read guidebooks or practice French.
Avignon Centre Station is literally a 2 minutes' stroll to the ancient walls and then it's straight into the heart of this fabulous medieval City. Nestled by the side of the Rhone, Avignon, with its famous ruined bridge and Palace of the Popes has attracted many visitors over the centuries. Indeed, the Provence region offers a wide diversity of beautiful countryside, lush vineyards and an abundance of historical sites, museums and galleries.
The opening of the first section of UK high speed line in the autumn last year, has enhanced the journey times with the out-bound journey taking just over 6hrs 10mins and the in-bound journey 6hrs. (Detailed timings below).
To indulge fully in the complete Eurostar experience, travel first class from just £229 return and enjoy the roomier accommodation, meals and drinks served at seat and plenty of pampering by the on-board crew.
On www.eurostar.com travel on Eurostar can be combined with hotel accommodation, car hire and travel insurance.
Notes to Editors:
Eurostar tickets are also available for purchase at Waterloo or Ashford International Terminals and through registered agents. Our contact centre number is 08705 186186.
The recommended check-in time for the direct Avignon services is 60 minutes prior to departure of the Eurostar.
Timetable (all local times):
Outbound (9084)Waterloo 07:09Ashford 08:02Avignon Centre 14:21
Inbound (9087)Avignon Centre 16:30Ashford 20:35Waterloo 21:30
Avignon Train Stations:
Avignon Centre Station is the City station and is distinct from Avignon TGV which is the new station on the TGV Med high speed line. A shuttle bus operates between the two stations which runs about every 20 minutes and takes approximately 10 minutes.
Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
Eurostar was named "Train Operator of the Year" at the National Rail Awards 2004; "World's Leading Rail Service" in the 2003 World Travel Awards; "Best Rail Network" at the Business Travel World Awards 2004 and "Best Rail Operator" at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2004.
Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
For more information contact:Eurostar Press Office on 020 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk